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Polymer with Unique Properties Created in Tomsk State University
March 16, 2018 13:50


 M.Sc. Igor Parunov from the Organic Synthesis Laboratory of theTomsk State University has developed a multifunctional polymer that does not burn and is highly resistant to aggressive environment, the press service of the TSU reports. The product, which has no analogues, can be used for the production of electrical insulating and building materials that provide a high degree of safety. In addition, the polymer can be used to dispose of toxic products. The researches of the young scientist are supported by the "UMNIK" program of the Assistance Fund

The researches by the young scientist are supported by the program "UMNIK" of the Fund for the Promotion of Innovations.

"The polymer is a resinous product, created on the basis of glycoluril and melamine. Since the material is made of flame retardants, it does not burn. The temperature of its destruction is 337 ° C, which makes it possible to effectively use the polymer as a fire-resistant material. The composites, which it is included in can serve as good electrical insulators: even in case of a breakdown of such an insulating material, no ignition will occur", - Igor Parunov explains.

Another promising area of ​​application for this polymer is building construction. The use of polymer in composites will increase the strength of constructions as well as their resistance to high temperatures and aggressive environments.

During the preliminary testing conducted by Igor Parunov and his supervisor, Professor Abdigali Bakibayev, it was found that the new material successfully withstands the effects of most chemicals and is susceptible to destruction only when boiled with concentrated mineral acids.

It was found that when some fillers are added to the polymer, its functional characteristics are significantly improved. For example, the toughness of cellulose-containing composites increases, with their tensile strength at break and bending multiplied. This gives great prospects for practical use.

"The ultimate strength in bending increases almost fivefold," says Igor Parunov. "Without the addition of filler, the polymer can withstand a load of not more than 13 MPa, but when used in composites at the stage of preliminary tests, the ultimate strength was 66 MPa."

Another promising field for using ​​the product, created in the Organic Synthesis Laboratory of the TSU, is the disposal of toxic waste. They can be poured the resin-like polymer on; after hardening it will limit the release of hazardous substances into the environment.

The new material has two other significant advantages: it is environmentally friendly and has a low price of 160 rubles per kilogram.

In the course of further research, which will be conducted with the financial support of the Foundation for the Promotion of Innovations, Igor Parunov and his supervisor Abdigali Bakibayev will conduct a number of experiments. The scientists intend to select the optimal conditions for the synthesis of the polymer with specified properties, investigate the effect of fillers on its functional characteristics, conduct sample tests, study their physicochemical properties and work out the ideas for the commercialization of the new product.




Author: Vera Ivanova

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